St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church
Our Mission: "To Love, Praise, Welcome and Serve"
Third Sunday in Advent
December 17 , 2017
Please welcome back The Rev. Vesta Kowalski
who will preside at our service this Sunday.
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Sunday, December 17, 2017
10 am: Holy Eucharist
Readings for the Third Sunday in Advent
(Please see scripture Notes Below)
On the Calendar
Sunday, December 17 - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Vesta Kowalski
- Discussion of Sermon following the Service
Monday, December 18 - 9:30-11am Parenting and Children Group
- 10am Timely Traders Investment Group
- 4:30pm Silent Meditation/ Centering Prayer
Sunday, December 24 - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Vesta Kowalski
- Greening of the Church to follow the service
Thursday, December 28 - 4pm Service in Remembrance of the Massacre of
Sunday December 31 - Holy Eucharist with The Rev Stephen Hayward
- Lessons and Carols -
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Christmas Message
Please Click on the Image above for a link to the Video Message
St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church
Our Mission is to
love, praise, welcome, and
love one another as Christ loves us,
praise God in all things,
welcome and affirm all persons,
serve the needs of one another and of those
on the island, the peninsula, and throughout the world.
· Welcome others with
Listen to others with
Seek God's goodness in each person;
· Strive for
· Join in acts of
Share our faith joyfully across the generations;
Engage as many of our
parishioners as possible,
year-round, in our common life and ministries;
Learn from our past and look to the future with
St. Brendan the Navigator
Parish Renewal Plan
Parish Renewal Plan Report
Three Goals Accomplished, Six Goals In Process of Being Accomplished,
Yet to be Addressed (as of 11/30/17)
To Review Renewal Plan Report #4,
please click link below:
Please click on the link below for the Parish Renewal Plan in detail, as approved by the Parish August 13, 2017:
The Plan is also available on our web site:
Education and Spiritual Development Ministry
Please join us following Sunday's service for a sermon discussion lead
by The Rev. Vesta Kowalski.
Your Stewardship committee thanks all of our members who pledged - especially all who increased their pledges this year - and to Pastor Elaine Hewes for her thoughtful blessing on our pledges.
We are about half way to our last year's goal of $82,250 and urge those who have not yet submitted their pledges to do so either on line or by snail mail. All on-line pledges are confidential as only Carolyn Mor checks the site for submissions.
Please help St.Brendan's to continue to do its mission and to grow as a church.
Special Thanks to the Stewardship & Finance Ministry!
A big 'Thank You!' to members of the Stewardship Ministry, Ruth Robinson, Martha &
Pete Dane, Jo Jacob as well as Barbara Wright for the home made soup, pastries and other wonderfully delicious food enjoyed by all in attendance at the In-Gathering last Sunday!
From your Very Appreciative Vestry !
Worship & Music Ministry Reminder for Upcoming Services
Please take note of the following services planned this holiday season:
December 24 - Advent IV (Greening of the Church following the service)
December 28 - Thursday at 4pm- Service in remembrance of the Massacre
of the Innocents
December 31 - 10am Lessons and Carols
Note- For those wishing to attend a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Service:
St. Francis Episcopal Church, Blue Hill, has the following schedule:
Christmas Eve at 5:00 pm with a pot luck following
Christmas Day Service at 10am
Of Community Interest
Deadline for Age-Friendly Coastal Communities Survey is Monday
Age-Friendly Coastal Communities is working with town selectmen and organizations that provide services in the towns of the Blue Hill Peninsula, Deer Isle and Stonington
to gather information about strengths and needs, particularly regarding older residents, in our neighborhood of towns. Your opinions will help us identify opportunities for improvement for families of all ages. All survey responses will be anonymous.
If you have not yet taken the survey, please click on the link below to take the survey.
Scripture Notes for the Third Sunday in Advent
On this Third Sunday of Advent we again are focused on John
the Baptist. Today we hear more about John's ministry and his response to questions raised by
his message. An important issue for many in the days of the early Church was the relationship
between Jesus and John. In response to those who believed that John the Baptist was the
Messiah, the early Christians remembered John's own words: "I am not the Messiah...I am the
voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord.'"
The first reading is Isaiah's poem of the anointed one and his ministry of peace, healing, and
redemption. In his first sermon Jesus applied this passage to himself. In this Advent time we
anticipate our celebration of the birth of the anointed one who comes to save.
The second reading is the conclusion of Paul's first letter to the Church in Thessalonica.
wrote this letter to encourage them to persevere in the Way as they waited for the return of Jesus.
Paul assures them that the Lord will return but that their lives now are
to reflect the nature of
God's Kingdom rather than to be spent in sitting back and awaiting
Church's Eucharist is a foretaste of that coming of Christ which is still ahead. In word and
sacrament, song and story, we encounter the Reign of God in our midst and we
reveal that future
joy to the world. Like John the Baptist we are sent ahead of the One
who is coming and our joy
is to see God's presence in the world increase.
The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and Seasons of the Church Year.
Copyright © 2009 by Michael W. Merriman. Church Publishing Incorporated, New York.
In Our Prayers
We pray for those on our prayer list suffering and recovering from illnesses especially Rev. Edward Dufresne, William Rice Sr., Elaine Graham, Patricia P,
Pat Stoneburner, Tony Stoneburner, Kathy Gray, Holly Zack, Carolyn Angel, Colin MacNaught, Nancy Stearns, Andrew Harriman, Tom Davenport, Hannah Scaife, Marcia Scott, Sen. John McCain, Henry 'Hank' Millon, Jennifer Hulsey and her family Byron, Ben, and Clair. We pray, also, for those who love and care for them.
We pray for those struggling with addiction and mental illness.
We pray for all those receiving care through Neighbor Care and for all the residents of the Island Nursing Home, the Northern Bay Residential Facility,
and their families.
We pray for the dying, and those who have died. We remember also those who mourn.
We pray for the victims of gun violence-in our cities and towns, in our schools, in our places of worship, and in our homes.
We pray for the victims of the violence of armed conflicts around the world. We pray for those made refugees by the violence of armed conflicts. We pray for the victims of terrorist attacks everywhere.
We pray for all who suffer the effects of domestic violence and the violence
of bullying in our schools.
We pray for all peacemakers, and all those who work for justice.
We pray for all those serving in the armed forces of our country, remembering, especially, Craig, Chris, and Graham.
We pray for all who govern, and we pray for the concerns of our local community, remembering, especially, our children, our young people, and our isolated elderly.
We pray for Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Suheil, Bishop of Jerusalem; Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Steve, our Bishop; for the members of our vestry; and for all our members, whose ministries are varied and far-reaching.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for
the congregation of St. John's, Bangor. For those grieving the loss of a loved one this holiday season.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for
Wyoming - (VI, The Episcopal Church)
On the Island and Peninsula,
we pray for Church of the Nazarene, Stonington.
Icon of St. Brendan by Siri Beckman
Lord, I will trust you.
Help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown.
Give me the faith to leave old ways and break new ground with you.
Christ of the mysteries, I trust you to be stronger than each storm
I will trust in the darkness and know that my times are in your hand.
Tune my spirit to the music of heaven, and somehow, make my obedience count for you.
-Prayer attributed to St. Brendan
St. Brendan the Navigator
627 North Deer Isle Road
Deer Isle, ME 04627
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 305, Deer Isle, ME 04627
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 12-5pm
Elisabeth Ingoldsby, Senior Warden
Tel: Home: 207-348-2586 / Cell: 207-266-4541
Josephine Jacob, Junior Warden
Tel: 207-348-6997 / Cell: 207-664-4884
Pete Dane-Treasurer 348-5245
Barbara Kourajian-Clerk 326-9153
Rich Paget 367-6569
Miriam Antich 348-7745
Peter Tarlton 348-9908
Pastoral Care: Miriam Antich